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  THE QUEEN'S TEA-YARA, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


The Queen's Tiara in the form of  a deck of cards with Queen in front and tarts embellishing the figure.
  • This teapot is a further evolution of the prototype work, Queen of T-Arts, which was more formalized in design with its clean-cut silk-screened images of the playing cards.
  • Artistic license is taken for this work to make the imagery more fluid and free-form, with more variation in coloration for the silk-screen image transfer to make the design more distorted, altered and abstract.
  • The spout is wheel-thrown and paddled; then altered and carved. The handle is pulled, altered, paddled and sculpted. Feet and lid are press mold of a tart-shaped mold.
  • Construction sequence
    • Flat stoneware slabs are cut into playing card shape.
    • Underglaze coats applied to slabs in greenware state.
    • Queen of hearts photo silk-screened on front of another slab and affixed to underglazed flat surface.
    • Another card is treated in same way with photo silk-screened image of the back of a playing card.
    • Thinner slabs added to sides to emulate pack of cards and to enclose body of teapot.
    • First fired to cone 04.
    • Additional underglazes applied
    • Refired to cone 5/6.
    • Layers of China paints; each layer fired to cone 018.
    • Cold finishes applied.
    • Tiles are photo silk-screened with images of king of hearts. These are formed into a base to provide support and stability when attached to complete the work.
  • Displayed at Teapot Invitational Show Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, 2012, Opening Exhibition, Da Vinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth, ME, 2012.
  • Date: 2012.
  • Size: 16.0" x 15.0" x 3.5".
  • Available for purchase. Price:  $1,600.
   

 


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CREATIVE PROCESS

Early phase in construction and silk-screen coloration.

  • The hollowed-out body of the teapot is hand-built of clay slabs in the form of a deck of cards.
  • The front and back surfaces are silk-screened with the free-form images of the front and back of a queen of hearts playing card.

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Lid and feet formed of inverted tart shells.    

  • Several tart shell forms are sculpted in clay.  They are used to create the lid; others are inverted to make the feet of the piece.

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Spout and handle are applied.

  • The design of the feet is modified with additional tart shell clay forms made by press mold. Each consists of two conjoined shells.
  • Two shells are united upright and placed upon another shell which has been inverted to create the base of the tiara-like lid.
  • The handle is made from pulled clay; when formed, it is paddled and sculpted.
  • The spout is first wheel thrown and then paddled, altered and carved.
  • This completes the construction phase. The piece is now ready for its first kiln firing.

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Glazing and initial kiln firing done.

  • After a successful first kiln firing to cone 06, glazing is begun to enhance the images and add decorative details.

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Silk-screened images are placed on tiles that will form the base.

  • This slabs of tile are photo silk-screened with images of the king of hearts. These tiles will be used to form the base to support the completed teapot.

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Completed work attached to a supportive based consisting of silk-screened tiles.

  • The newly assembled tile base is in place permanently attached to the  ceramic work by score and slip method for support and stability.

 

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